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  • Project

    Tracking constraints to entrepreneurship in Africa

    An important part of understanding the growth prospects of an economy comes from understanding the constraints to business growth and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, the data in this area is scarce in East Africa. The World Bank collects two sets of data in this vein, both of which suffer from some well-known issues such as the focus being solely on formal firms, medium to...

    23 May 2017 | Tavneet Suri, Louis Dorval, Neema Iyer

  • Person

    Aarti Gupta

    Aarti Gupta has recently completed her Ph.D. in economics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Her fields of interest include issues in developing economies with a special focus on India. Her current research concentrates on public-policy making with an emphasis on government intervention in the working of credit markets through debt waivers. She holds a...

  • Person

    Tanika Chakraborty

    Tanika Chakraborty is Assistant Professor of economics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. She is a Research Fellow at IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn. Before this, she has held research positions with DIW (German Institute for Economic Research) Berlin. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and M.A. in economics from...

  • Blog post

    Neglected drivers of urbanisation in Africa

    The common assumption that rural-to-urban migration is the primary source of rapid urban population growth in Africa is flawed. Natural population increase within urban areas and rural transformation are also important forces. Policies aimed at easing population pressure in urban areas by discouraging migration are therefore unlikely to succeed. Most economists and...

    22 May 2017 | Sean Fox

  • Blog post

    The demographic impact of extended paid maternity-leave in Bangladesh

    With the passage of the Labour Act of 2006, Bangladesh outperforms India and other South Asian countries in paid maternity leave (ML) provisions. This record improvement in coverage to 24 weeks makes it quite unique among developing countries. Nearly all countries in South Asia have provided at least 12-weeks of paid maternity leave for decades. A study has been conducted...

    19 May 2017 | Salma Ahmed

  • Person

    Salma Ahmed

    Salma Ahmed is a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Her research interests are gender inequality, child labour, education, health and fertility in developing countries. Much of her research has focused on the Indian Sub-Continent. She received her PhD in Economics and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics, both at Monash...

  • Event

    Fragility Commission 2nd Evidence Session: Building legitimate government

    The LSE-Oxford Fragility Commission’s second evidence session will take place at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on 8 June 2017 and will be focused on the topic of building legitimate government. In fragile and conflict situations, government has little legitimacy with citizens. This both constrains what government can effectively do, and the ability to...

    8 June 2017

  • Publication - Project Report

    Rural electrification with off-grid community microgrids: An impact evaluation in Uttar Pradesh, India

    17 May 2017 | Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, Johannes Urpelainen